Dr. Shirmohammadi Joins HRD Faculty


Research interests include well-being, work-life balance, and careers of immigrants, women in international and under-studied settings. 

Dr. Melika Shirmohammadi joins the Department of Human Development and Consumer Sciences as Assistant Professor in Human Resource Development as of fall 2020. 

Dr. Shirmohammadi is curious about the role of work in people’s lives and interested in research questions about how workers from under-represented backgrounds navigate their careers and integrate their work and non-work domains. Her current research interests include well-being, work-life balance, and careers of immigrants, women in international and under-studied settings. 

Her research has appeared in high-impact journals such as the Journal of Vocational Behavior, Applied Psychology: An International Review, International Journal of Human Resource Management, and Human Resource Development Review, among others. Dr. Shirmohammadi’s research has been funded by Idaho State University and Academy of Human Resource Development. At Texas A&M University, her research productivity was recognized by a very competitive Strategic Research Fellowship Award for four consecutive years. 

Before joining UH, Dr. Shirmohammadi worked as an Assistant Professor at Idaho State University for two years. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, she worked as an instructional designer and researcher. She currently serves on the editorial board of Human Resource Development Review and as the Editor for The Career Forum (the Academy of Management Careers Division’s newsletter).

Dr. Shirmohammadi earned her Ph.D. in Human Resource Development in 2018 from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. She has a master’s degree in Public Administration with an emphasis on Human Resource Management and a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Tehran. 

Dr. Shirmohammadi is originally from Iran and grew up in a big metropolitan city, Tehran. She is excited to explore Houston and get to know the UH campus and community. During quarantine days, however, she spends her free time reading, exercising indoors, and going for a walk with a friend. 

Dr. Melika Shirmohammadi can be reached at mshirmohammadi@uh.edu.